Champions League: Galatasaray's First Half Flurry Enough For Win

By Aydin Reyhan
Photo courtesy of Galatasaray’s official Facebook page

Galatasaray hosted and dominated Danish side FC Copenhagen at their Ali Sami Yen stadium in their third group game of the Champions League. They pressed throughout the whole match and was able to beak down their opponents on a plethora of occasions, with three of them resulting in goals.

Felipe MeloWesley Sneijder and Didier Drogba are the scorers while Dany Nounkeu and Emmanuel Eboue assisted the goals in the 3-0 win. Each of these players was on top of their game as they managed to do everything right when it came to scoring and maintaining the lead. What the entire team did brilliantly was hustle on defense and patiently passed the ball around offensively.

The problem with their game today is that they did not play with the same tenacity in the second half as they did in the first. In fact, they almost fell asleep in their own third in the 88th minute, which allowed Claudemir to squeeze through two defenders to hammer home the lone goal for the Danes.

Now, Gala sits in second place with four points while Juventus are behind them still stuck at two after their 2-1 away loss to Real Madrid who are in first with nine. Copenhagen sits in last with a single point.

In two weeks time, Gala will travel to Denmark to play the second and final group meeting between the sides in what is expected to be a much tougher assignment. At home, Copenhagen managed a one all draw against a tougher opponent in Juventus. Therefore, hosting the Turkish champions is expected to be a bit easier for them as long as they pressure the ball throughout the match and capitalize on their chances.

Gala have to start that game the same way they did this one: pressuring high up the field, forcing mistakes from the opponent, patiently passing the ball around to build up smart attacks and make sure that they score on the chances they create. If they manage to score two or three goals, they should win that game.

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